[FPSPACE] NRO-the-pub column on manned spaceflight
zirconic1 at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 16 18:24:59 EDT 2005
>Pungent, to say the least.
I'm a little surprised to see it come out in NRO (the pub, not the
>From the article:
"Like the monster in some ghastly horror movie rising from the dead for the umpteenth time, the space shuttle is back on the launch pad. This grotesque, lethal white elephant - 14 deaths in 113 flights - is the grandest, grossest technological folly of our age. If the shuttle has any reason for existing, it is as an exceptionally clear symbol of our corrupt, sentimental, and dysfunctional political system."
Derbyshire should move to Canada. I hear it's nice there. No space program either. The people might be a little too cheerful for him, though.
"The gross glutted wealth of the federal government; the venality and stupidity of our representatives; the lobbying power of big rent-seeking corporations; the romantic enthusiasms of millions of citizens; these are the things that 14 astronauts died for. To abandon all euphemism and pretense, they died for pork, for votes, for share prices, and for thrills (immediate in their own case, vicarious in ours). I mean no insult to their memories, and I doubt they would take offense."
Get this guy back on his medication before he hurts somebody!
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